Aug. 27 - Syrian rebel forces shoot down helicopter over Damascus, they say, as clashes heat up. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE
Amateur video purports to show rebels shooting down a Syrian army helicopter on Monday while it was bombarding the Damascus neighbourhood of Jobar, as heavy fighting broke out between rebels and troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the district.
The witnesses said a helicopter was engulfed in flames after it was hit by a projectile during a burst of gunfire and then came down in the nearby district of Qaboun.
Video footage taken by activists also showed a burning helicopter falling to the ground.
Reuters is unable to independently verify the content of this video.
Syrian state television said in a news flash a helicopter had crashed in Damascus, but offered no further details.
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